Spirituality Archive

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace - Bird by Bird is the book to read if you’re a beginning writer, or a baffled amateur, or just want to witness a fine stylist making the keyboard sing. I don’t

100 Journeys for the Spirit - Landscapes with spiritual power --- haven’t we been there before? Yes. We have. The book is Sacred Landscapes: The Threshold Between Worlds. It features the miraculous photographs of Lynn Davis and

365 Tao: Daily Meditations - Oklahoma: Head Butler doesn’t look as if it has a community --- there are no message boards --- but it is. You write, I respond, and if you keep at

Baptism by Fire - Heather Choate was baptized at a font at a Los Angeles church so beautifully designed that it looked like a movie set. She went to Sunday school. She was confirmed.

Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold - I don’t lose books. I lost this one.   A few years ago, I bought “Chants of a Lifetime” in Los Angeles, got on the plane, read a few chapters, put it aside

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - The first thing that fascinated me about Shunryu Suzuki --- the Zen monk who's mostly responsible for bringing Zen to America --- was his response when he was asked to

Health, Healing, and Beyond - Guest Butler Jeffrey Rubin --- psychotherapist, meditation teacher, writer, and, on more than one occasion, spiritual compass for this website --- is the author of The Art of Flourishing. He

John O’Donohue: Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom - It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives

John O’Donohue: Our Friend Among the Dead - “Endings seem to lie in wait,” John O'Donohue wrote. His certainly did. He died in his sleep, January 4, 2008, on vacation near Avignon. He was just 53. I

Love Everyone: The Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed - Richard Alpert went to India, met Neem Karoli Baba and returned to America as Ram Dass, author of the mega-bestseller "Be Here Now." He wasn’t supposed to speak about his

Man’s Search for Meaning - Hitler had already occupied Austria when Viktor Frankl, a young Viennese psychiatrist and writer, learned that the United States had approved his request to immigrate. His

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why - We don’t deal with politics on HeadButler.com --- it’s pointlessly divisive, and there are a gazillion sites where kicking political opponents is considered Good Fun --- but can we discuss

Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi - I've had a soft spot for 'Autobiography of a Yogi' ever since I was a kid. It was the first non-Western spiritual memoir I read, and its

Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living - "Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances,” Allan Lokos writes in “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.” “Forgive me, Allan,” I thought, when I read his book for

Pema Chödrön: Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown - GUEST BUTLER BETSY ELLIS, when not reading, is a Life Enrichment Specialist at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and an artist. She loves nothing more than putting books in

Pema Chodron: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears - Someone says something, does something.   You react.   In the space between those sentences --- a matter of seconds, if that --- lies disaster.   Or opportunity.   We are --- and don’t we ever know it

Pema Chodron: The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness - I tend to go to Pema Chödrön when I discover that what I believe is my open, compassionate, loving heart is actually encased in concrete. Not that her

Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Deirdre Blomfield-Brown went to the posh Miss Porter's School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She married, moved to New Mexico, became a teacher, had two children.

Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind - We all have met at least one young woman like Maura O'Halloran. She's frighteningly bright (Maura, from Boston, won Ireland's highest academic award in 1973 and graduated from Trinity College,

Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters on Life - At some point in your romantic life, you gave someone --- or, better, someone gave you --- Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” Decades later, it no longer embarrasses me